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Anger research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The immediate objective of this project was to demonstrate the feasibility of Remote Exercises for Learning Anger and Excitation Management (RELAX). The application is a remote, technology- enabled, anger treatment and management system based on current evidence-based CBT interventions. The project's objective was to show that RELAX (1) enables the practice of anger management strategies remotely through mobile phone interfaces; (2) integrates with evidence-based treatments through the implementation of an existing CBT anger management course; (3) provides information, direction, and feedback through physiological sensors and signal analysis; and (4) supports communication and direction by the therapist through a web-based therapist interface.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - a score of 20 or higher on the 10-item Trait Scale of the STAXI - participants taking psychoactive medications have to have a stable regimen for at least 45 days prior to study entry - participants must be able to read, understand, and sign the consents themselves and be willing and able to comply with all study related procedures Exclusion Criteria: - active psychotic symptoms/disorder as determined by the Structured Clinical Interview (SCID) for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM) - active homicidal or suicidal ideation as determined by the SCID - any significant cognitive impairment or history of Organic Mental Disorder as determined by the SCID - active (current) substance dependence as determined by the SCID (lifetime substance dependence or substance abuse not excluded) - unwillingness to refrain from substance abuse during treatment - female Veterans - vulnerable persons such as those described in the section Ethical Considerations and Regulatory Issues, Vulnerable Population

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Anger

Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Anger Management TherapyAnger Management Therapy (AMT) is a 12-session manual-driven cognitive-behavioral intervention found efficacious for anger management treatment.

Behavioral:Anger Management Therapy (AMT) is a 12-session manual-driven cognitive-behavioral intervention found efficacious for anger management treatment. RELAX app (1) enables the practice of anger management strategies remotely through mobile phone interfaces; (2) integrates with evidence-based treatments through implementing an existing CBT anger management course; (3) provides information, direction, and feedback through physiological sensors; and (4) supports communication and direction by the therapist through a web-based therapist interface and a remote and secure patient data server.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Anger Management TherapyAnger Management Therapy (AMT) is a 12-session manual-driven cognitive-behavioral intervention found efficacious for anger management treatment.

Anger Management Therapy (AMT) is a 12-session manual-driven cognitive-behavioral intervention found efficacious for anger management treatment. RELAX app (1) enables the practice of anger management strategies remotely through mobile phone interfaces; (2) integrates with evidence-based treatments through implementing an existing CBT anger management course; (3) provides information, direction, and feedback through physiological sensors; and (4) supports communication and direction by the therapist through a web-based therapist interface and a remote and secure patient data server.

Study Status

Completed

Start Date: March 2014

Completed Date: May 2016

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional

Design:

Primary Outcome: Dimensions of Anger Reactions (DAR-5)

Secondary Outcome: State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 (STAXI-2)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Margaret-Anne Mackintosh, Ph.D.

Lead Sponsor: VA Pacific Islands Health Care System

Collaborator: United States Department of Defense

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02132793

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